Lava advances, residents warned

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that lava from several fissures continues to advance toward the Kapoho area.

“Residents of Kapoho Beach Lots, Vacationland and Waa Waa are advised to evacuate,” said a press release on Wednesday morning. “You are at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation of Beach Road near Four Corners.”

Due to the lava activity from the Kilauea volcano, the following policies are in effect on the Big Island.

• Flows are advancing on Highway 137, approaching Beach Road. Beach Road is restricted to resident traffic from Four Corners to Hawaiian Beaches to allow continued evacuations.

• Cell Phone and telephone landline communications in the Kapoho area have been severely limited due to downed power and telephone lines. Please contact friends and relatives to make sure they’re safe.

• Highway 132, which 2 connects the commercial center of Pahoa with smaller towns and farms in the area, is closed.

High concentrations of volcanic gasses are still present in the Leialani Estates area, where fissures continue to create high fountains of lava, the Civil Defense Agency reported.

The Kilauea volcano has been unleashing danger on the remote, rural southeastern side of the island for nearly a month, displacing thousands of residents, destroying 37 houses and forcing businesses to shut down.

Lava was shooting up from cracks in the ground and blowing strands of volcanic glass Tuesday.

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